Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has been ranked as a top performer by VHA,
Inc., a national network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations. PMC
is one of 16 hospitals out of 200 in VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network
(HEN) to be recognized as a top performer in a number of measures tracked
as part of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Partnership
for Patients initiative. This ranking is based on third quarter 2013 data.
A “top performer” hospital is one that sustained a zero (0)
rate for the past four quarters for a given outcome measure in a Partnership
for Patients Area of Focus. As a top-ranked VHA performer, PMC has maintained
a zero rate for Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI),
Obstetrical Adverse Events (OAE), and Ventilator-associated Pneumonia (VAP).
The federal Partnership for Patients initiative is a partnership with
over 3,700 participating hospitals that are working to improve the quality,
safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans. VHA’s
Hospital Engagement Network is the third largest initiative network in
PMC’s achievements beyond the recent top performer ranking for specific
measured areas in VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network include:
- No central line-acquired blood stream infections during the past two years
- No injuries to mother and baby during birth for the past 1.25 years
- 98.8 percent compliance in reducing normal deliveries before the 39th week
of pregnancy for the most recent six-month period
- No catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the past three years
- No instances of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the past seven years
“Parrish Medical Center’s excellent scores are a direct result
of diligent work by our care partners in response to the 11 VHA HEN areas
of focus,” stated Edwin Loftin, vice president, Acute Care Services/CNO
for Parrish Medical Center. “PMC consistently earns top rankings
with CMS and other rating agencies for quality and safety, not only in
Central Florida, but nationally. Making care safer, more reliable, and
less costly is what we work to achieve every day. Being part of the Partnership
for Patients initiative has allowed us to provide safe, more effective
care for the communities we serve at a lower cost.”
VHA helps its nearly 200 participating hospitals improve in 11 areas of
focus ranging from falls and surgical site infections to readmissions.
The goal of the HEN program over the past two years has been to reduce
hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and reduce readmissions by
20 percent. Results are reported quarterly to the federal government.
“VHA has a long-standing commitment to help hospitals improve their
operational, clinical and financial performance and we are excited to
be able to continue our work with Partnership for Patients,” said
Dr. Keith Kosel, vice president and program director for VHA’s HEN.
“The impact and effectiveness of VHA’s HEN can clearly be
seen through the results realized by our hospital participants.”
VHA’s HEN hospitals have, in aggregate, already exceeded the Partnership’s
40 percent improvement goal in ventilator-associated pneumonia, early
elective delivery, and central line-associated blood stream infections
and are making strong progress in other areas of focus. VHA’s HEN
has provided more than 3,000 individualized performance improvement coaching
sessions and 644 on-site visits to help its HEN hospitals work through
any obstacles to improvement. In addition, VHA has provided nearly 200
educational events to more than 12,000 participants in its network.
As a HEN, VHA will continue to work with participants to make care safer,
more reliable, and less costly by meeting the goals set by the Partnership
for Patients through December 2014.